|DAY 234||PROFILES IN ART|
FOR THE LOVE OF HISTORY
Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres believed unquestionably in the virtues of history. As a student of fellow Neoclassicist Jacques Louis David, Ingres acquired a reverence for the past and embraced the art of antiquity. He also maintained contempt for the Romantics throughout his long and sometimes turbulent career—even though his own work possessed many of the same principles. Inasmuch as Ingres desired to be a historical painter, however, he was most gifted—and most successful—as a portrait artist.
Ingres was born in Montauban, France. His father, ...